You Probably Don't Know Enough About "Minamata" — Johnny Depp's New Movie Will Educate You On This Story That's Still Relevant Today

    "Fifty years later, we're fighting the same fights."

    While it premiered in 2020 at the Berlin International Film Festival and was released in December 2021 in North American theaters, Minamata will soon be available to view via Apple TV, Redbox, and Vudu.

    The film follows the real-life story of renowned photographer W. Eugene Smith as he documents the suffering of locals to Minamata, a Japanese fishing village falling prey to mercury poisoning in the 1970s.

    Johnny Depp as W. Eugene Smith speaks with colleagues about Minamata

    Here are 15 reasons why you'll want to check out the movie.

    1. It celebrates the indelible work of W. Eugene Smith.

    W. Eugene Smith is pictured in New York circa 1978

    2. It also remembers the victims of Minamata disease.

    Minamata disease patient Tsuginori Hamamoto cries as he delivers a speech at a 2006 event bringing awareness to the worst health disasters in Japanese history

    3. The film has a great cast.

    Cast and crew members of "Minamata" pose together as they attend the Berlinale International Film Festival in 2020

    4. It's a new transformative role for Johnny Depp.

    W. Eugene Smith is pictured during a photographer's conference, Johnny Depp portrays W. Eugene Smith as he sits in an office in the "Minamata" trailer

    5. Andrew Levitas delivered as the director of Minamata.

    Andrew Levitas poses at "The White Crow" screening in 2019

    6. It was recently acknowledged at the Academy Awards.

    Akiko Iwase, Hiroyuki Sanada, Johnny Depp, Minami, and Andrew Levitas attend the  premiere of "Minamata" at the 70th Berlinale International Film Festival in February 2020

    7. Aileen Smith and Minamata victims provided valuable information in preparation for the film.

    Aileen Mioko Smith sits at a press conference for "Minamata" during the Berlinale International Film Festival

    8. Minamata shows audiences the power they possess.

    Minamata victims protest pollution in Stockholm in 1972

    9. It reunites two Pirates of the Caribbean costars.

    Bill Nighy as Davy Jones and Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow appear in scenes from "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"

    10. It marks a new venture for Japanese actor Minami.

    Minami is photographed at the "Minamata" premiere during the 70th Berlinale International Film Festival in February 2020

    11. Its messages are still relevant today.

    Minamata disease survivor Shinobu Sakamoto speaks about her experiences

    12. Johnny also produced the movie and supported it from the start.

    Johnny Depp is pictured before his masterclass event in Rome, Italy, in 2021

    13. Its composer is Oscar winner Ryuichi Sakamoto.

    Ryuichi Sakamoto is pictured as he attends the the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival on February 24, 2018

    14. Minamata displays how media platforms can be used positively.

    Johnny Depp as Gene Smith takes a photo in "Minamata"

    15. Japanese actors were chosen to tell the story of Minamata.

    Hiroyuki Sanada poses at the 2020 premiere of "Westworld" Season 3,  Minami smilies at a 2020 "Minamata" press conference, Akiko Iwase is pictured at the same press conference